If you grew up anyway I did, your grandparents were always around. I would not be the person I am today if it weren't for my grandparents partially raising me. They have always loved me unconditionally, even when I was a sassy brat at times. Going to my grandparents house was a daily thing, and was always something to look forward to. My Grandma constantly feeding me all my favorite foods, while taking trips to the Fire Department with my Grandpa. As I grew up they were always my number one supporter; whether it was school, sports, or simply just running around in the backyard, playing games with my sister and cousin. To this day I'll always joke around to my grandparents that I'm the favorite grandchild, but the amount of love they gave to all three of their grandchildren amazes me. They are the strongest and most loving people I have ever met, and they have taught me more than they know. Here are some of the things these amazing people taught me.
1. "One day you and your sister will get along."
It's safe to say my sister and I are complete opposites, and fought our whole life. Now that we are both getting older, we are becoming closer. I used to tell my grandparents we would never be friends, of course I was wrong and they were right.
2. "It's okay to fall down sometimes."
From being young and learning to ride my bike and scooter at their house, to high school where I failed to succeed in some cases, they reminded me it's okay to fall down, but to always get back up.
3. "Have fun, but don't have too much fun."
Whenever I'm home on break or talking on the phone to my grandparent's about what I did the night before, they always assure I was having fun, but always being safe.
4. "You are more important than a boy."
When my first boyfriend and I broke up senior year of high school, they knew how upset I was about it. When I told them what happened with tears in my eyes, they assured me I would be okay, and I am important enough for anyone.
5. "School comes first."
My whole life my grandparents have repeated to me how important school is. When I graduate from college, they are going to be one of the main people I thank (besides me parents) because of all of the support they have given me my whole life. They have always believed in me academically, even when I didn't. Weekly conversations with my Grandma involve her telling me, "School always comes first."
6. "Your parents are mad right now, but they still love you."
When I would get in trouble, and my grandparents would ask me what happened, I'd always tell them the situation thinking my parents would want to disown me. They always were compassionate when I would vent to them, never angry, and always reassuring my parents wouldn't be mad at me forever.
7. "You are beautiful."
Whether it's commenting on my Facebook pictures, or just a regular day, they remind me that I am beautiful on the inside, and out. Without them, I would not be the strong and confident woman I am turning into today.